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Oak Park is a village in Cook County, in the Chicago metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Oak Park. For links to other places called Oak Park, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Oak Park is 41.885N. The longitude is -87.784W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 620 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 50,824.


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Median household income
Local
$59,183
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Oak Park demographic reports
The community seceded from the township of Cicero in 1902.
Ranked No. 4 healthiest town (among communities of 50,000 or more population), by Chicago magazine, October 2005
Filming location for:
· 1997 movie, "Soul Food"
· 1991 movie, "Backdraft"
Well-known residents have included:
· Ernest Hemingway, writer, born at 339 Oak Park Ave
· Raymond Kroc, founder of McDonald's restaurants
· Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, actress
· Richard Bach, author of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
· Rev. Andrew Greeley, author
· Dorothy Thompson, journalist
· Betty White, actress
· Frank Lloyd Wright, architect
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Oaktoberfest - Sept. 21-23, 2007
Dates often change. Check Oak Park web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Village Players Theatre, American Opera Group, Oak Park Festival Theatre
Historic sites and museums: Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Unity Temple, Ernest Hemingway Museum, Wonder Works
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 196

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Oak Park demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Cook County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Chicago area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 60301 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Oak Park residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Oak Park ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Oak Park was $36,340, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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62% of Oak Park residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Oak Park include Frank Lloyd Wright - Prairie School of Architecture Historic District, Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Oak Park, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $674.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,716.


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Libraries in Oak Park include Dole Branch Library, Maze Branch Library, Oak Park Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Oak Park include Oak Park Wednesday Journal

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Cook County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Oak Park political report.

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Oak Park restaurants taking online reservations include Cafe Le Coq, Hemmingway's Bistro ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Oak Park workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Oak Park between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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